Kyss mig [With Every Heartbeat] (2011)

Kyss mig
Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining
Writer: Alexandra-Therese Keining
Cast: Ruth Vega Fernandez, Liv Mjönes, Krister Henriksson, Lena Endre, Joakim Nätterqvist, Tom Ljungman, Josefine Tengblad
Part of: identities Festival

Plot:
Mia (Ruth Vega Fernandez) and her fiance Tim (Joakim Nätterqvist) go back home to Mia’s father Lasse (Krister Henriksson) to celebrate his birthday. There they also meet Lasse’s girlfriend Elisabeth (Lena Endre) and her daughter Frida (Liv Mjönes). Mia and Frida instantly feel attracted to each other, but obviously things aren’t that easy.

Kyss mig is sweet, with realistic drama and likeable characters. It does run a little long though which substantially dampens the emotional pay-off.

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I really liked both Frida and Mia. I thought they were sweet characters and despite being very different from each other, you could not only understand their attraction to each other, but you could also see it actually lasting, if they got their shit together.

Though it was Lena Endre who was the actual scene stealer. It helps that Elisabeth is a cool woman, but Endre really gave her life. I wouldn’t have minded the whole film being about her and Frida. (I also wouldn’t have minded more Tim but that’s mostly because Joakim Nätterqvist could get it.)

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The soundtrack was also cool. Robyn’s With Every Heartbeat and José González’ Lovestain where my personal highlights, but there was a whole lot of good music there.

With all these really nice things, it was disappointing that the movie started to drag a little. In the end (even before the ridiculous airport chase scene that had a good laugh but generally felt out of place and it’s a trope so overdone that it shouldn’t be in any movie ever anymore) I just wanted them to hurry up and get to it already. Not really the feeling to put you in the most romantic mood.

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Summarising: Still worth seeing.

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